Monthly Archives: June 2011

African Roots Podcast #114 June 10, 2011

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Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast. You can always reach me at

I want to give a quick shout out to everyone enjoying themselves in Burbank California at the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.

June 11, Little Rock Arkanas, State Capitol Room 171Profiles in Arkansas Black History Morning sessions will focus on black legislators. Afternoon session will focus on Coach Act and also the Civil War

Hidden History Lectures “Commemorating the Untold History of the Civil War”
Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.
United Teachers of New Orleans at Oak Park Shopping Center, 4718 Paris Avenue,New Orleans, LA. 70122, SPEAKERS: Bennie McRae of Trotwood Ohio, “What Caused the Civil War”, and Clifford Boxley, Ser Sesh ab Heter, “Soldiers of African Descent in the Mississippi Campaign

Next week is Juneteenth! This is a time of celebration of history and Juneteenth gives us a platform to come and commemorate the end of an era in history—which belongs to all of us. To learn more about nationwide events—-the national Juneteenth Site—presents nationwide activities to honor this event!

Support the USCT Monuments, nationwide. We are all familiar with the African American Civil War Monument in Washington DC, and we know about the monument in Boston, honoring the 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry. But are you aware that there are many monuments around the country. There could be more, but I am still excited to see some that are there. On the website called Jubilo The Emancipation Century, there is a wonderful article devoted to the many monuments nationwide. These sites can be added to your roster of “places to visit” when you are traveling this summer.

Cyndi’s List has over 600 African American Sites
Someone put a note on Twitter that Cyndi’s List had been upgraded. I went and took a look and was quite pleased with what I found. It was easy to navigate and I also was delighted to look at her African American category. She has well over 600 links where one can find sites devoted to African American genealogy and history. 659 to be exact.
I found some exciting sites that have been around for a while, but I had not had the pleasure of using them. I had to confess that I had not examined the resource guide for African American research on the Family Search site before, so I saw the link and clicked on it from her site. This is a good tool for beginners.

Thank you for listening. I appreciate your taking time to tune in. Please continue to do what you do, keep researching, keep documenting and always, keep sharing what you find.

Have a great week!

African Roots Podcast #113 June 3, 2011

This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome to the African Roots Podcast. You can reach me at

Annual Picnic of the Agnes K. Callum Chapter of African American Genealogy society (AAHGS) will take place tomorrow at the Benjamin Banneker State Park.

Civil War activities are underway, as the sesquicentennial events. Civil War discussions also lead to discussions of Freedom, Emancipation, and even Juneteenth.
And speaking of emancipation and freedom, in Michigan at the Henry Form Museum in Dearborn, the Emancipation Proclamation will be on display for three days. In conjunction with its “Discovering the Civil War Exhibit” which opened on May 21, The Ford Henry (AKA Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum) will have the original Emancipation Proclamation on display from the National Archives for three days only, June 20-22, 2011. They are also inviting re-enactment groups to serve as an honor guard while on display. For more information see:

NOTE: The Henry Ford is hoping for additional responses to its invitation to US Colored Troops groups/units to participate during the Emancipation Proclamation’s display. Any unit that has received a personal invitation to participate in a vigil and encampment and act as a honor guard is urged to contact the museum as soon as possible.

Georgia State Archives, Morrow Georgia June 9,
The Friends of Georgia Archives & History present Lunch and Learnwith Dr. Timothy Ericson from the University of Wisconsin. “The Prescott Project” explores a large, previously unknown African American community in Northwestern Wisconsin that was recently discovered by accident. Established prior to the Civil War, during the 1870′s and 1880′s it had become one of the largest rural African American communities in Wisconsin, but by 1900 it had almost disappeared. Bring a lunch to enjoy during the program. Where: Georgia Archives , 5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, Georgia
When: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

As many of you know I have a strong interest in preservation. I devoted a blog post to the need for preservation as I spoke about the missing landmarks and historically black sites in Oklahoma.

I am happy to note that there is a strong amount of activity regarding preservation in Oklahoma, as I was Reading about the statewide preservation conference coming up. There is an ongoing effort to explore the old estate of Robert Jones, a large slave holder of Oklahoma. I hope that they will locate slave dwelling foundations and slave burial grounds.

Juneteenth is coming up and the Prince George’s county AAHGS is hosting their annual conference.As we know that this is now a national celebration of emancipation. The origins occurred in Galveston TX when slave learned of their freedom. This date has been embraced by many as a symbolic embracing of the end of slavery, though the actual time of freedom varied from community to community. This is a good time to explore your own family story of freedom—how did slavery end for them?

So as summer begins, let us keep some of these thoughts of preservation and history in mind. Have a great week!

Thank you all for listening. Please keep busy and continue your work. Keep researching, keep documenting, and always, keep sharing what you find.